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December 10, 2020

“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my whole being shall exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” Isaiah 61:10

One of my COVID silver linings has been a more relaxed wardrobe. During this week off, it’s mostly been a matter of choosing which pair of Star Wars pajama pants to wear. But even when I’m working, it’s often a question of what to wear for a Zoom meeting instead of an evening meeting, for working from home rather than working in my office at Grace. So, lots of hoodies and shorts!

How we’re dressed is ultimately of much less importance than who dresses us. Our passage for Isaiah for the Third Sunday of Advent is a prophetic promise that one day we shall be dressed with the garments of salvation and the robe of righteousness. In baptism, we are joined to the death of Christ and raised with him as children of God, clothed forever with the righteous of Christ. We are given a party outfit for the unending celebration that is the Kingdom of God.

All of which reminds me of Walter Wangerin’s wonderful story, “Ragman.” I won’t link to it here, but I’m sure Google will help you out if you’re interested. It is the stuff Bible camp memories are made of, and one of the finest short stories I’ve ever read.

Be well, friends. You are loved.

God, thank you for the gift of Jesus Chris, through whom our old, tired lives are remade. Let us rejoice in the gift. Give us grace to live with bold faithfulness, as visible signs of the grace of God. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Image: A couple of well-dressed people.

From → COVID-19

One Comment
  1. Robert Jandeska permalink

    We have been placed upon the dry rock of salvation as the corona virus swirls below our feet. May the peace of God be with you today.

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